The Hayesville Yellow Jackets traveled to Robbinsville on Friday night for the regular-season finale. Robbinsville needed to win the game to win their third straight conference championship. The Yellow Jackets hung tough in the game and scared the Black Knights early in the game. Ultimately Robbinsvilles championship pedigree was too much for the young Hayesville team. The Black Knights clinched their conference championship-winning 31-14.
Hayesville got off to a great start when they recovered a botch Robbinsville handoff on their second play. Then the Yellow Jackets ran a trick play, a halfback pass from Jake Mctaggart to Kyle Lunsford for a 30-yard touchdown. Then Hayesville forced a Robbinsville punt to get the ball back with a chance to go up two scores. Hayesville got three first downs before a penalty and sack killed the drive. Then a high snap on the punt went through the back of the endzone for a safety.
Robbinsville would capitalize on good starting field position and score to go up 9-7. Hayesville looked to be on another scoring drive, but a missed fourth-down call gave the ball back to Robbinsville. On the play, Jake Mctaggart caught a pass clearly in bounds but was ruled out. After trading the ball back and forth Robbinsville would punch in another score to take a 17-7 lead. They would take that lead into halftime.
Hayesville would have to punt it away on their first drive of the half. Robbinsville would take advantage and extend their lead scoring on their first drive of the second half. Each team would fail to score on their next opportunities. This would make for a lowing scoring quarter that ended with Robbinsville leading 24-7.
A partially blocked punt at the beginning of the fourth quarter returned by Kyle Lunsford gave Hayesville great starting field position. It would give Hayesville great starting field position and it would only take them two plays to get into the endzone. With Lunsford catching his second touchdown pass of the game this time from Logan Caldwell. Robbinsville would respond though scoring again to push their lead back up to 17, leading 31-14. That would be the final score of the game and with the win the Black Knights clinched their conference championship.
Hayesville Notable Stats:
Logan Caldwell: 127 passing yards 1 TD
Kyle Lunsford: 7 receptions 141 yards 2 TD
Taylor McClure: 17 tackles
Jake Mctagggart: 15 tackles
Lane O’Dell: 9 tackles
Ricky McCullough: 8 tackles
Hayesville plays in the 1st round of the NCHSAA playoffs Friday night. The Yellow Jackets the #19 seed will travel to take on the #14 seed Swain Maroon Devils. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest FYN sports coverage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports